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Also Known As: Died: September 8, 1965
Born: November 9, 1923 Cause of Death: embolism
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio Profession: Cast ...
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1927:
First professional performance at age four in song-and-dance team with sister Vivian billed as "The Wonder Children"; performed before school, church and social groups
1927:
Moved to Los Angeles at age four when parents separated (date approximate)
1937:
First film appearance (bit) in "A Day in the Races"
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Left high school and formed the Dandridge Sisters trio--with sister, Vivian, and Etta Jones--which sang with the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra during the 1940s
1940:
Peformed at the Cotton Club in Harlem where she met future husband Harold Nicholas (date approximate)
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Sister Vivian decided to go solo in the mid-1940s
1945:
Retired from performing after her marriage (dates approximate)
1951:
Returned to nightclub performing; starred at the Mocambo in Hollywood with Desi Arnaz's band
1952:
Appearance at La Vie en Rose nightclub was a sellout and her fourteen week engagement helped save the club from bankruptcy and led to international stardom, performing in nightclubs in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
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Was the first black performer to appear at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York
1953:
First starring role in "Bright Road"
1957:
Announced to star as Billie Holliday in film adaptation of William Dufty's bestseller, "Lady Sings the Blues"
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After "Island in the Sun" (1957), made three movies in Europe: "The Decks Ran Red" (1958), Tamango" (1959) and "Malaga" (1962)
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Around time of divorce from Denison, was forced to file for bankruptcy after creditors closed in
1965:
Attempted to resurrect career; went to health farm in Mexico with manager Earl Mills and signed new movie contract (date approximate)
1965:
Was preparing for an engagement at New York club, Basin Street East, at time of death

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